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It can be hard to coax children into doing their homework or revising for an exam but providing them with a dedicated and inviting study space will help. Designing and setting up an area just for them shows your child that their learning is important. You can get them involved in organising the space and ask them what they think will help them learn best. Read on for some tips from an independent prep school in London on how to prepare the perfect study space for your child.
Making sure your child’s study space is comfortable and right for them should be the top priority as feeling comfortable will encourage them to spend more time learning there. Ensure they have a desk and office chair which is appropriate for their age and size, and that they have enough space to spread out learning resources and stationery and write notes. They shouldn’t have to hunch over or stretch in order to reach their desk, because this will lead to aches and pains. You should also try and make sure there’s enough natural light coming into the space and provide a lamp for when it gets dark.
If there are too many distractions in your child’s study space, they’ll find it hard to concentrate and easy to procrastinate. Of course, it’s important to tailor the environment to your child’s particular learning style. If they don’t like it too quiet, you could use an app to provide some gentle background noise. If they need silence to concentrate, make sure they can’t hear the TV or music playing. Obviously, it’s harder to control outside noises, but do what you can to accommodate how your child learns best. And make sure there is no TV or phone in their space to distract them from studying.
Too much clutter or not being able to find certain items of stationery or materials can distract your child from what they’re supposed to be learning. Make sure their study space is organised and everything they might need is on hand or easy to find. To keep everything tidy, make use of storage solutions like drawers, boxes and bookshelves. You could also put up a wall chart or whiteboard your child can use to keep track of what they’re doing.
Having their own organised and comfortable study space will encourage your child to spend more time there and might even make learning a bit more interesting and enjoyable for them.Follow me on social media for more!
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